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The Church’s Social Mission during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our doors may be closed, but our hearts remain open. In this time of restrictions on gathering and movement, it is vital that we in the Church reach out to each other to provide support when it is needed. As the body of Christ, we must also try to support those in our community who are vulnerable or are struggling to cope with a loss of employment, income or social support. Here are some information to help people most affected by the pandemic and the restrictions put in place. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it does include some information which will be helpful to people affected by the pandemic or to you when you are offering support to vulnerable people. For more information, contact Peter Arndt (Executive Officer, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Brisbane) on

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Good Friday Prayer Vigil (online)

Since 2008, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has held a death penalty prayer vigil at Christ the King Church in Graceville. The Covid-19 pandemic will prevent us from physically gathering for prayer this year. However, we will hold an online vigil on Good Friday at noon. Join us for this Zoom gathering. See The details for joining below.
Peter Arndt is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Good Friday Death Penalty Prayer Vigil
Time: Apr 10, 2020 12:00 PM Brisbane
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Violence in West Papua

In recent months, a series of anti-racism demonstrations took place in West Papua. Dozens were killed and arrested and a number of buildings were damaged. A recent report by Papuan churches provides details of the demonstrations. It includes eyewitness accounts of the involvement of Indonesian migrants in the planning and initiation of the violence and vandalism associated with the demonstrations.

Report on Violence August 19 EFPC

Brisbane Launch of Australian Bishops’ 2019-2020 Social Justice Statement

Event: Brisbane of Australian Bishops’ 2019-2020 Social Justice Statement

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019

Time: 7:00 PM refreshments for a 7:30 PM start till 9:00 PM

Where: St James’ Hall, 92 Kirkland Ave, Coorparoo

Description: Archbishop Mark Coleridge will launch this year’s Social Justice Statement dealing with the challenge of putting people at the centre of the digital world. Well-known journalist and radio presenter, Madonna King, will lead a conversation about the statement with a panel of communications experts, Elizabeth Kehoe, Veronica Kopinski & Dave Jorna.

SJ Statement Launch Flyer

Archbishop of Suva to Launch Brisbane’s Living Laudato Si’ Initiative

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, Fiji and President of the Oceania Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences, will speak at a number of events on September 1 & 2 to launch the Living Laudato Si’ Initiative for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Living Laudato Si 2019 Date Claimers

Living Laudato Si’ Invitation and Info Page

Laudato Si’ lecture flyer ACU

Season of Creation launch flyer pdf

NAIDOC Week 2019

NAIDOC Week runs from 7 July to 14 July. It celebrates the culture, history and contribution of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The Brisbane City Council has provided us with a list of Brisbane NAIDOC Week events and we have prepared a list of some NAIDOC Week events in other parts of south-east Queensland. We hope to see you at some of these events.

Indigenous – NAIDOC – Outline of NAIDOC Events held 2019 – 3 May 2019

NAIDOC Events 2019

Catholics Urged to Show Hope on World Refugee Day

Catholics should be signs of hope in the face of continuing harsh and cruel policies towards refugees and people seeking asylum, according to the Chair of the Brisbane Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission, Ms Maree Rose.

Ms Rose said the Commission was particularly concerned about the removal of income and accommodation support to hundreds of people seeking asylum in south-east Queensland. She also expressed concern about the plight of refugees who have been held on Nauru and Manus Island for many years.

“As Christians, we need to resist this cruelty with every fibre of our being,” Ms Rose said.

“We need to stand against these harsh, dehumanising policies spiritually, mentally and physically,” she added.

“So many politicians are exploiting fear in our community and are scapegoating refugees and people seeking asylum,” she said.

“As Christians, let’s resist this fear mongering with love and compassion for all in the same way as God does,” she said.

“Let’s not close in on ourselves but reach out in love, building relationships with people who come to our shores seeking peace and freedom,” Ms Rose added.

“Let’s offer support and practical assistance in the same way as many Catholics here and around Australia are already doing,” she said.

Ms Rose made these comments after leading the Commission’s contingent in this year’s Luminous Lantern Parade in the Southbank Parklands on June 7.

“We joined 40,000 people who were all as one in offering a warm welcome to migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum,” Ms Rose said.

“Catholics from various parishes joined us in being signs of hope and compassion,” she said.

“It was particularly touching to have a number of Muslim women from northern NSW join our contingent,” she said.

“It was a wonderful experience to be part of a group of people from different countries and faiths joining together as one in a show of hope and love,” Ms Rose said.

“World Refugee Day is June 20; let’s all make a commitment on this day to renew our efforts to fill our hearts with love and compassion for all people who come to our country seeking a new life,” she said.

For further information and comments, please contact Peter Arndt on 0409 265 476.